Brighton punks DITZ are tackling homophobia in their new single Total 90!
The band said: “This song touches on the general public’s reaction to LGBTQ+ individuals on a day to day basis, both positive and negative.”
On the video, which delves into homophobia in football, they add: “Most people find it natural and easy to get involved in sports, but it’s unlikely that many of us would, if we had to cope with anxiety due to a chance we’d have homophobic slurs directed at us, or something whispered out of ear shot. This happens to be the case for 84% of gay men and 82% of gay women.”
“In one study we read, they found that in a predominantly heterosexual group of participants, more than 1/3 were found to use homophobic ‘banter’ in a sports setting. The problem is that when asked about it, the group passed it off as ‘being a part of the sport’. The greater irony is that those same players reported that they wouldn’t have a problem playing sports with someone who was a member of the LGBTQ+ community.”
“It’s terrible to consider that, in male association football, just a staggering 8 players have felt able to openly came out since Justin Fashanu in 1990.”
“All of this shocked us, pissed us off, confused and bemused us, so along with some of our mates from the UK music scene, we decided to get involved and have a go at doing something about it with this video. It’s a wry jab at the toxic masculinity, over the top gender norms, and all round idiocy that not only LGBTQ+ players, but also LGBTQ+ sports enthusiasts have to endure.”